The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Centerregularly publishes research that supports education, workforce, and learner success. Our research offers objective data and insights about student enrollment, mobility, completion, and other important student outcomes that are visible only through the Clearinghouse data. Our nationwide network of nearly 3,600 postsecondary institutions provides up-to-date student-level data that represents 97 percent of the postsecondary enrollment today. Our publications are to benefit and better inform the education community, policymakers, business leaders, and other community leaders.


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National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Regular Updates on Higher Education Enrollment

November 18, 2021


Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Update on Transfer Students

January 19, 2022

Publication Series

Current Term Enrollment Estimates

Latest enrollment estimates for the current term nationally and by state, reported on by institution types, student groups, and major fields.

Last Published January 13, 2022


Fall undergraduate enrollment decline during the pandemic compared to 2019

High School Benchmarks

The loss of immediate college enrollment in fall 2020, as previously reported in March, did not lead to an expected upswing in gap year enrollment in fall 2021.

Last Published December 1, 2021



Gap year college enrollment rate for the class of 2020, no notable change from pre-pandemic years

Tracking Transfer

Latest six-year baccalaureate degree completion rate for transfer students from two- to four-year institutions is reported for the 2014 cohort of first-time degree-seeking students, analyzed by student SES and institutional characteristics.

Last Published September 23, 2021


Community college beginners earning a BA in six years, an increase of 1 percentage point over last year

Persistence & Retention

The report is designed to help institutions understand first-year college persistence and retention patterns and identify disparities between different students, institutions, or states in this important early success indicator.

Last Published July 8, 2021


First-year persistence rate for Latinx college freshmen, a marked drop in fall 2020

Yearly Success & Progress Rates

Year-by-year rates of persistence, transfer, completion, and stop-out can help states and institutions better identify effective intervention points to increase student success.

Last Published February 9, 2021


Part-time beginning students no longer enrolled anywhere two years later, up 5 percentage points from a year ago

Undergraduate Degree Earners

Early impacts of the pandemic revealed by undergraduate credential earners during the 2019-20 academic year.

Last Published January 28, 2021


Decline in first-time college graduates from a year ago

Completing College

Provides a comprehensive overview of postsecondary completion trends nationally and by state. For all students who enter postsecondary education for the first time each year, it examines the diverse pathways the student traversed toward completion, as well as a degree or certificate completion rate within six and eight years of enrolling.

Last Published December 3, 2020


The national 6-year college completion rate, counting all students at all institutions

Some College, No Degree

This report offers insights about students’ subsequent enrollments and completions, based on the most current national data that tracks individual students over time and across institutions and across state lines since the first Some College, No Degree report was released in 2014.

Last Published October 30, 2019


Some College, No Degree students who re-enrolled in the past five years. Nearly 1 million completed.

Upcoming Publications


Completing College National/State Report


College Closure and Student Outcomes


Some College, No Credential

Current Initiatives

Postsecondary Data Partnership Pilot

Postsecondary Data Partnership

The Postsecondary Data Partnership is a nationwide initiative to help colleges and universities more efficiently gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and focus more of their resources on using data to help students.

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